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Pamela Hicks

EnglishTeacher, Literacy Dept.

Welcome to English III

Welcome to English III and English III Hon. If you would like to know what was done in class or what is being planned for class, please consult the "This Week" agenda and "Last Week" Agenda posted in the classroom, or feel free to email me. . Be aware that plans may change due to unexpected situations. Please email me with any questions; I try to answer within 24 hours.


If you would like to receive reminders/notifications on your phone through texting and be able to contact Mrs. Hicks through texting, you will want to join the Remind 101 for your group--English III (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th periods.) or Eng. III Hon (2nd and 6th periods). You will find the instructions on how to join in the Files labeled "Syllabus and Lesson Plans". Be sure you are adding your name to the correct class group. Parents, you are welcome to join the group to which your student belongs as well.

English III should join by using the following link on their smartphones:

English III Hon. should join by using the following link on their smartphones:

New Procedure for Lunch Tutoring or Makeups

Any student that needs to see Mrs. Hicks during lunch for makeup, tutoring, or retesting will need a pass to enter the building. Students should get the pass from Mrs. Hicks the day before. The building will be locked shortly after the lunch bell rings and will remain locked the rest of the lunch period. If students need to enter after that time, they must show the pass to an administrator who will unlock the door so the student can enter the building. Lunch time help is still available only Monday through Thursday.

Week #2, Jan. 14-18, 2019

If you are absent on Tues and Wed. of this week, you will need to do the assignment below about Dreams and Dreams Deferred. You can do it at home and do it individually instead of as a group. Just answer all questions that are discussion questions and write the poem as directed. You will receive a stamp for the preparation/discussion part and a formative grade for the poem you write. A rubric for grading the poem is also attached. On Thursday and Friday of this week we opened a Word document from Office 365 and named it "(your name) Research Notes", then shared it with pjhicks. We typed the outline of the research paper (four headings) and searched for reliable resources to copy and paste (URL only) under each heading. Please view the PowerPoint slides from Week #2 to get exact instructions and clarification on what makes a reliable resource. You will receive a formative grade based on having 2 reliable resources for each heading. Next week we will continue with our research notes and receive more formative grades on each.

Week #3 and 4, Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 2019

These two weeks were spent taking notes of research on the topic chosen to explore the American Dream. The PowerPoint entitled "Research Formative Assessments" (below in the section for PowerPoints) outlines what is needed for your notes to complete the requirements for the formative assessments. If you missed any days these two weeks, you should make up the time doing your notes at home or during lunch in the classroom (Mon-Thurs). Next week we will learn how to use these notes to write our paper. 

Week #5, Feb. 4-8, 2019

This week is for learning how to cite our resources according to MLA format correctly on a Works Cited page (will be assessed as a formative) and parenthetically within the text of the paper. The MLA format for the typed paper will also be taught. Directions on writing the paper and rubrics for grading the summative research paper will be handed out. Copies can also be found under "Assignments" below.

An opportunity will be given to students who scored a zero or F on their first 2 sections of notes (Formative 2 and Formative 3): If the student requests, the grade can be replaced by a grade on the last two sections of notes. Student must make the request to the teacher in written form.

Week #6, Feb. 11-15, 2019

This week was an interesting one, due to my absence for two days because of sickness. On Monday, we set up our summative research paper in MLA format so we are ready to type in our text. We also received the rubric for grading the paper, and information on how to cite our resource material parenthetically within the paper. Monday was also the day I began grading the Works Cited Page formatively. Because of Tuesday and Wednesdays absence, which meant no use of the computer carts, on Thursday I extended the deadline for the paper to Wed., Feb. 20th. The decision was also made to separate the rubric into two summative grades: The five components that reflect research skills and formatting will be one grade, and the five components that reflect writing/integrating source material into text will make the other grade. A rubric can be found below with the highlighted sections representing the research skills summative. Also below are instructions given about each skill learned and in this week's powerpoint are instructions on how to set up the paper, and examples on writing each part, including transitioning. More instruction/modeling will be done in class next Tuesday and Wednesday. Students are expected to spend homework time to complete this project.